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Swamp Boubou - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies sticturus
Photo by Rafiki
Maun, Botswana, June 2017

Allternative name: Gabon Boubou

Laniarius bicolor


Length 23–25 cm (9-9¾ in); slightly bigger than Southern Boubou and Tropical Boubou.

Adult: Upperparts black with white wing bar. Underparts pure white (diagnostic).

Juvenile: Similar to the adult, but with buff spots above and barring below.


Photo by albert voigts
Okavango River, Mahangu Lodge, Botswana, 2006

Africa Western Africa: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Zambia
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • L. b. bicolor:
  • L. b. guttatus:
  • L. b. sticturus:


Thickets and swamps; usually near water.


Usually in pairs.


They mainly eat invertebrates, such as moths, caterpillars, beetles and cicadas.


Call is a hoouu whistle in duet; also harsh rattling alarm calls.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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